Monday, July 05, 2004

Memic Monday: Books on my shelf

Today is meme day at Weirdwriter! Or at least, that's all can find to blog about. I found this one at David Fiore's Motime Like the Present; he got it from Rick Geerling at Eat More People. Here's the relevant quote:

So every writer - hell, almost every person - has that bookshelf. That one. The one where all the favorites and good picks and really cool looking books go. Mine is right on top of my desk. I got out of bed this morning, looked over at it, and thought...well, what better way to get some insight into a person? We're always doing favorite movie lists and favorite CD lists, but no one ever just talks about what they've got lining The Bookshelf. I'm going to jump out into the pool a bit and do mine and we'll see where it goes from there. Remember - no cheating and grabbing the cool books that aren't on your shelf, no saying you have books on there that you don''s okay if you haven't rearranged it in a while and have some crap on it. I do. That's just how it goes.

Well, I don't have The Bookshelf, but I have one shelf at home that I always look at wistfully. So I'll list those:
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill (Alan Moore, I love him.)
The Adventures of Lucius Leffing by Joseph Payne Brennan (Brennan is a Connecticut native and one of the last major writers for Weird Tales. He wrote some great short stories. I haven't read all of this yet, but it doesn't seem to be his best work.)
City of Saints & Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer (the hardcover edition from Prime)(There's lots of Vandermeer on this shelf. This was the first one of his books I read and I fell in love with it. You should read Vandermeer, now!)
Leviathan 3 edited by Jeff Vandermeer and Forrest Aguirre
The Golden Dawn Scrapbook by R.A. Gilbert (Always interested in occult groups, but haven't read this yet.)
Rebels, Pretenders & Impostors by Clive Cheesman and Jonathan Williams (I have no idea where I got this, but the subject matter (false kings and such) is fascinating.)
Little Big by John Crowley (Another Connecticut resident. I'm going to read this soon. I've heard too many good things about this book over the years.)
The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases edited by Jeff Vandermeer and Mark Roberts
The Third Level by Jack Finney (You can read my comments on it here.)
The Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Kim Deitch (Excellent graphic novel on the early days of animation through the eyes of a fictional artist.)
The Annotated Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, annotated by Roy Pilot and Alvin Rodin (Dinosaurs! Adventure! How could I not love this. I still haven't read this edition though.)
Cities edited by Peter Crowther (British edition) (Novellas from four great writers: China Mieville, Michael Moorcock, Geoff Ryman and Paul di Filippo. di Filippo's story, "A Year in the Linear City" is my favorite so far, although Mieville's "The Tain" is also very good. Haven't read the other two.)
Tales of the Uncanny and Supernatural by Algernon Blackwood (A classic horror writer and this book was a lucky find at a used bookstore.)
The Heart of the Affair by Graham Greene (I had heard people like Maud Newton say so many good things about this book, I have to pick it up. I loved it and I've been buying more of Greene's stuff ever since.)
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk (Not much to say about this. I loved Fight Club, so when I heard about him doing a horror novel, I had to have it.)
Fun with Your New Head by Thomas Disch (Disch is a master. I've only read a couple of the stories here though.)
Dinner at Deviant's Palace by Tim Powers (I enjoyed Powers' On Stranger Tides, so when I saw this at a used book store, I grabbed it up. Still haven't read it though.)
Out of the Flames by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone (An excellent book on the life of heretic and writer Michael Servetus and how his book, though to have been burned, turns up across the centuries.)
White Apples by Jonathan Carroll (Carroll's awesome. What more need you know?)
Sinai Tapestry by Edward Whittemore (Found thanks to Jeff Vandermeer's constant recommendations. Powerful story. I need to pick up the other parts of the Jerusalem Quartet soon.)
The Serenity Prayer by Elisabeth Sifton (Got this at a book sale at work. Far better than I ever expected. It's a memoir about the life of Reinhold Niebuhr and how he came to write the serenity prayer and what its meaning is, written by his daughter.)
The House on the Borderland and other Mysterious Places by William Hope Hodgson
The Boats of the 'Glen Carig' and other Nautical Adventures by William Hope Hodgson (Hodgson is a great weird writer. Most people know of him through the novel "House on the Borderland." His stuff is great and these collections from Night Shade Books are truly beautiful. I've already got the next one on order.)
Venniss Underground by Jeff Vandermeer (Night Shade Books edition)
Koko by Peter Straub (I've always wanted to read Straub. I tried reading "The Floating Dragon" but couldn't get into it. I picked this up at a used book store and hope I'll like it better.)
The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane by Robert E. Howard (Just bought this the other day. I grew up on Conan and I've been reading Howard ever since. These new collections of Howard's work from Del Rey are really good.)
and two that really shouldn't be here:
Guide to the Unexplained by Joel Levy
Monster by John Michael Greer
Also on the same shelf, but not books: an incense stand, a Godzilla Bandai action figure, a box of thumb tacks, "Surfing with the Alien" by Joe Satriani tape and the remains of a light fixture.
Only about half of these have been read. So what does this all tell you about me?

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